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How to Scan a Document with an iPhone

In today's digital age, scanning documents has become an essential task for both personal and professional use. Whether you need to digitize important records, send documents quickly, or store receipts for tax purposes, your iPhone has you covered. Thanks to advancements in Apple's iOS, you can easily scan documents using the built-in Notes app. This blog will guide you through the step-by-step process of scanning a document with an iPhone, ensuring you get the best results every time.

Why Use an iPhone to Scan Documents?


  • No need for bulky scanners or dedicated scanning devices.
  • Scan documents on-the-go, anytime and anywhere.


  • High-resolution scans with your iPhone's powerful camera.
  • Advanced image processing to ensure clear and crisp scans.


  • Directly save and share scanned documents via email, cloud services, or messaging apps.

Step-by-Step Guide to Scanning a Document

Follow these simple steps to scan a document using the Notes app on your iPhone:

Step 1: Open the Notes App

  1. Launch the Notes App: Find and open the Notes app from your home screen or by searching for it using Spotlight.
  2. Create a New Note: Tap the compose button (pencil and square icon) in the lower-right corner to create a new note.

Step 2: Access the Scan Feature

  1. Access the Camera: In the new note, tap the camera icon located above the keyboard.
  2. Select Scan Documents: From the options that appear, select "Scan Documents."

Step 3: Scanning the Document

  1. Position Your Document: Place your document on a flat surface with good lighting.
  2. Align the Camera: Position your iPhone's camera over the document. The app will automatically detect edges and capture the scan.
  3. Capture Manually (Optional): If the automatic capture doesn't work, press the shutter button to capture the document manually.
  4. Adjust Corners: Once the document is scanned, you can adjust the corners by dragging the blue dots to fit the outline of your document. Tap "Keep Scan" when done.
  5. Add More Pages: If you have additional pages to scan, repeat the above steps. Otherwise, tap "Save."

Step 4: Edit and Save the Scan

  1. Review Scanned Documents: After scanning, you'll be presented with an editable preview.
  2. Apply Filters: You can apply filters such as Black & White, Grayscale, or Photo by tapping on the filter icon.
  3. Rotate or Crop: Tap the crop icon to adjust the crop or rotate the scan if necessary.
  4. Save Your Scan: Once satisfied, tap "Done" to save the scanned document to your note.

Step 5: Share or Export Your Scan

  1. Access the Sharing Options: Open the Note containing your scanned document and tap the share icon (square with an arrow).
  2. Select Sharing Method: Choose how you'd like to share or export the scan — via email, message, or saving it to Files or cloud storage.

Tips and Tricks for Better Scans

  • Use a Flat, Well-Lit Surface: Ensure that your document lies flat on a clean surface with ample lighting to avoid shadows.
  • Avoid Shaky Hands: Keep your hand steady to prevent blurry scans.
  • Use Filters Wisely: Choose the appropriate filter to enhance the readability of your scanned document.
  • Check Document Edges: Make sure the entire document is within the frame and edges are properly aligned for a perfect scan.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Blurry Images: If your scans are blurry, try cleaning your camera lens and ensuring your hand is steady.
  • Edge Detection Problems: Move to a well-lit area and place the document on a contrasting surface to improve edge detection.
  • Multiple Pages in One Scan: Verify that you have saved each page correctly; you can always combine multiple scans into a single PDF later.


Scanning documents with your iPhone is a quick and efficient way to keep your paperwork organized and accessible. With the built-in Notes app, you don't need any additional tools or apps to get started. Follow our detailed guide to ensure that you get the best results every time you scan documents with your iPhone. With a little practice, you'll become proficient in digitizing all your important documents seamlessly.

Try scanning your first document today and experience the convenience and efficiency your iPhone offers!

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